Graceless Education

College
What It Was, Is, and Should Be
Andrew Delbanco
Princeton University Press, $24.95, 240 pp.

When Andrew Delbanco, chair of American Studies at Columbia University, joined the faculty a quarter-century ago, he attended a meeting to discuss a budget crisis. The administration was recommending ending “need-blind admissions” as a cost-saving measure. The faculty were so disturbed by the suggestion that they voted by acclamation to give back a portion of their salary increase. Overcome with the spirit of solidarity, Delbanco joined the vote. Walking across campus...

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Dennis O’Brien, former president of the University of Rochester, is a longtime contributor to Commonweal.